Intarsia is a technique of colour knitting suitable for large areas of colour where several blocks of different colours are worked in the same row. Unlike fair isle knitting where two colours are carried along the row to form a repeating pattern, intarsia knitting is characterized by single motifs, geometric patterns or pictures.
Intarsia uses a separate ball of yarn for each block of colour. The yarns are twisted together to link the areas of colour and prevent a hole. Most colourwork designs are worked in stockinette (stocking) stitch and it is only suitable for flat knitting; in circular knitting the yarns will always be at the end of the colour block and must be cut off and rejoined at the beginning. Intarsia patterns are worked from charts and often the whole garment will be charted (see page 37).
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